Shire of West Arthur

History

Old Farm HouseThe first Europeans to visit the district were Captain Bannister and his exploration party who, in late 1830, explored the hinterland between the settlements of Albany and the Swan River. Other explorations followed.

During the 1850's, the main Perth to Albany road was built by convict labour and the first settlements in the West Arthur Shire were formed along this road, between the Arthur and Beaufort Rivers. The development of the regional settlements followed the establishment of the pastoralists, who were granted grazing leases from as early as 1854.

Arthur River gradually developed into a thriving centre with a police barracks and gaol (1866), the Mount Pleasant Inn (1855), a post office, a blacksmith, a doctor and a trading post.

Hillman RockWhen the Great Southern Railway opened in 1889, much of the existing trade moved to new railway towns and many of the centres along the old "Coach Road" closed. Two connecting railway lines from Collie to the Great Southern Line brought a new "era of prosperity" to the region.

While for many years only a few farming families had been settlers in the area, the town of Darkan (established 1907), soon became a busy centre. Some pioneering families, who occupied outlying areas of the Shire, grazed sheep while others provided services. Some of the services provided by these local families included the Inn at Tarwonga, trading posts and stores at Moodiarrup, Arthur River and Boolading and telephone exchanges run out of private dwellings.

West Arthur an Age-Friendly Community February 19, 2021

The West Arthur Community Resource Centre has received an Age-Friendly Communities Social...

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Splash Test Dummies February 16, 2021

Splash Test Dummies are coming to Darkan Town Hall on Wednesday February 24! See a brilliant array ...

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Harvest and Movement Ban January 19, 2021

A complete harvesting, machinery and vehicle movement ban including the operation of internal...

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Availability of Annual Report and Annual Electors Meeting December 18, 2020

In accordance with section 5.55 of the Local Government Act 1995, notice is hereby given of the...

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